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Brian Smith

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Brian Smith is a Lead Guide at Exum Mountain Guides and an Internationally Certified AMGA/IFMGA American Mountain Guide.  He has been climbing for over 25 years, skiing for over 35 years, and guiding at Exum since 2005.  Brian resides in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and has been a ski patroller at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, led rock and mountaineering courses for the National Outdoor Leadership School, is a backcountry ski guide at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and teaches high altitude expedition climbing and skiing in Peru for the School for International Expedition Training.  He also teaches Avalanche Courses for the American Avalanche Institute.  In the midst of juggling multiple jobs and raising a daughter, Brian enjoys fly fishing, mountain biking, kayaking, climbing, skiing, ice climbing, and traveling.

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Best Bivy Sack of 2023

What is the best bivy sack? Throughout the past few years, we have traveled near and far with a pack full of bivys to...
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Best Folding Saws

Are you searching for the best folding saw? Our team of expert gear reviewers diligently researched over 40 different...
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How To Choose a Bivy Sack

How to choose the best bivy sack? While the idea of zipping yourself up inside a nylon sack for the night might seem...
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Evolv Ashima Review

Ashima Shiraishi, one of the world's strongest young climbers, worked with Evolv to build a shoe that performs well in...
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Marmot Col -20 Review

The warmest bag in our review. It features vertical baffles and a new zipper configuration, including a top center zip...
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Therm-a-Rest Oberon 0 Review

This warm, comfortable sleeping bag is also lightweight and reasonably priced. You can strap a sleeping pad on to...
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Rab Alpine Bivi Review

The Alpine was a highly weather-resistant and functional bivy packed into a minimalist design. While we would like to...
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Snugpak Stratosphere Review

A spacious bivy that is well-ventilated around the head and shoulders and is ideal for cold-weather overnights...
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